Dreaming of sparkling beaches and delicious food



Oh sweet Thailand, how we want to be by your side! The rich culture, the sparkling beaches, the delicious food – we dream of it all! And while current travel restrictions dampen the spirits of South African travel enthusiasts, our to-do list shouldn’t suffer.

The “perfect vacation” goes beyond stunning scenery and amenities, but includes an extremely important factor in sealing the deal for that dream. holiday – the safety of the guests.

Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiravadee Khunsub gives priority to the aspect of safety, explaining that “We have made it our mission to develop practical options allowing tourists to visit our beautiful coasts again in complete safety. , and so far we are seeing great interest, especially in the local South African market.

“South Africans looking to dip their toes once again in the wonders of international travel should definitely consider Thailand for the foreseeable future.”

This exciting prospect is part of Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox plan, which began on July 1, 2021, and allows travelers from low and medium risk countries to enter Thailand without quarantine. Travelers must, however, be fully vaccinated and comply with regulations for Covid-19 testing, masks and distancing.

“Phuket became the first province in Thailand to operate in this way – with great results,” Khunsub said. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, then maybe it will: spotting sea otters, pods of dolphins and bird species during “quieter tourist times” – nothing more sublime?

The success of the Phuket Sandbox is in large part due to the fact that Phuket is an island, which means that it is easier to control, observe and contain epidemics, while around “70% of the approximately 450,000 Islanders have received at least one dose of the vaccine, “Khunsub adds. Similarly, the hospitality industry has reported that all workers in restaurants, hotels, spas and resorts have been fully immunized.

“Although South Africa remains a high risk country when it comes to travel and cannot take full advantage of our Phuket Sandbox initiative at this time, we hope things will improve soon. potentials know that we place the health and safety of our visitors and residents as a top priority.

“The wait may seem long for South Africans who wish to travel right now, but there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t be long before you bask on our luxurious white sand beaches, jet ski off the coast and enjoy warm evenings while dining at the incredible selection of restaurants that offer sumptuous dining options. », Concludes Khunsub.

Following the rapid success of the Phuket Sandbox, three other Thai islands reopened on July 15, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

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